Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lesson on Predator -v- Prey in a Calendula Blossom

I was harvesting calendula blossoms when I came across this little dead honeybee. I thought to myself, "oh, poor little thing." As I took a closer look I saw a perfectly camouflaged yellow spider having his late morning meal a la honeybee. Do you see the spider at the head of the honeybee? You might have to click on the photo to get a closer look.


I'm ashamed to say that I am one of those people that have "arachnophobia," but I try sooooo hard to overcome the creepy feelings I get from spiders; so I looked closer instead of flinging the spider across the herb garden. This spider and honeybee were the perfect definition of predator and prey. I can just imagine how the scenario went down.....perfectly camouflaged spider patiently waiting, honeybee comes along for nectar, doesn't see the yellow spider and POUNCE, the spider ambushes the bee. Sad for the honeybee but victory for the spider. I showed this to the Little Ladies, not sure how "Sensitive Fauna" would feel about it. She just looked at the flower and said, "yep, that's how nature and life work Mommy," then went on her merry way cycling down the driveway. What surprising wisdom she had at that moment!


I hope this guy is paying attention; I did, however, whisper a warning in his ear!

14 comments:

latisha said...

what an inspired post. so filled in the light. thank you for sharing this beauty!

The Magic Onions said...

LOL about the 'flinging the spider across the garden'... I also have an uncontrollable urge to fling whatever I am holding if I happen to spot a spider on it.
Blessings and magic.

Sherry said...

Isn't it funny how matter-of-fact the kiddos can be. When our turtle died, it didn't seem to phase Gerrick at all. He just said, "Oh well, animals die." Yet releasing the living turtle upset him so much.

Annie said...

Wow! That's incredible! I had to click on the picture to see it! How can kids continually surprise us like that? I love what she said.

Joy said...

So fascinating to see these things! I actually just came in from visiting (and photographing) our friendly porch spider. It can be so interesting to see them at work.

Toni said...

that was very cool what a pretty spider, never saw one that yellow before. We are spider lovers here, they just fascinate us so. And we love Ms. Spiders Tea Party,

nettlejuice said...

Aren't the bees on the calendula amazing? We just stand there watching them, with their pollen sacks so full. There's so much going on out there.

Metropolitan Housewife said...

Beautiful photos! I love spiders and thoroughly enjoyed this little "lesson" today! :)

Tara said...

You have taught her well :0)

Tan Family said...

Yes, the kids always get these things! And, they don't learn to freak out until they see us do it. I constantly work on my own insect fears to model for the kids (not easy to do), especially when we garden. :)

Stephanie said...

Cool that you got to see him or her eating!

I like spiders in the garden. :) 'Cept those little red ones that live under rocks, a bit bothered by those.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Oh I love garden spiders... garder snakes in my garden... not so much. I fully feel for your phobia filled soul. I jumped and SCREAMED when I found a little garder snake in my friends garden while collecting lettuce.

Beautiful shots! It is so cool to see nature at work. Could you let your little spider friend know that the honeybees are endangered and that perhaps a fly would make just as nice a lunch. ;)

Val

kyndale said...

wow, I have never, ever seen a yellow spider like that!

dottyspots said...

I need to pick my melting pot up from a friend as I'm planning to make some calendula balm (she borrowed it to make lip balm). I have loads of calendula in my garden and I'm hoping it's going to dry up soon so I can start picking them (I need to dry a load too as I'm hoping to do some dye-ing with them later in the year).

I'm one of those rare people who like spiders, although admittedly I don't live somewhere spiders might be dangerous to me (although there is the odd one that gets into the country and occasionally someone gets bitten, but that's very, very rare).

I had a nest of spiders in my bedroom which I left to watch the tiny babies come out (I can hear your skin crawling as I type ;0)

Periodically I do dust and vacuum away the webs, but I always leave a few and we have very few flies or other nasties in this house :0)

The spider in your photo is beautiful, I've never seen one that yellow before, my children were fascinated to see it.